Councilmember George Leventhal

September 5, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Ficker Left Out of Candidates Debate

Republican county executive candidate Robin Ficker is objecting to a Nov. 15 forum hosted by The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce because the event includes only the three Democratic candidates for the position. The event got an attack from a second front — that the chamber was seeking $50 from chamber members and $70 from […]

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September 4, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Candidates March in Labor Day Parades (VIDEO)

Monday was the unofficial end of summer, and it was the unofficial start of the political season. With parades in Kensington and Gaithersburg, politicians were out in full force. Here’s what the four declared candidates for county executive have to say about what voters are telling them at this early stage of the campaign: We […]

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August 3, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery Loses Court Challenge of Pesticide Ban (VIDEO)

A judge ruled Thursday the county could not regulate residents’ ability to use pesticides on their lawns, issuing a summary judgment in favor of lawn care companies and others who opposed the 2015 measure. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Terrence McGann said the county ordinance conflicted with state laws regarding pesticides, which would have pre-empted […]

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June 7, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Berliner Formally Enters County Executive Race

County Council President Roger Berliner said Wednesday he would work to bring prosperity for all county residents. “Not just some, but all. Extending the ladder of economic opportunity up and down,” Berliner said at an event announcing his campaign to become Montgomery’s next county executive. About 70 people attended the announcement, at Owen’s Ordinary. Berliner […]

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May 22, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Berliner: During Political Season, He Remains ‘Committed to Working with Colleagues’

Council President Roger Berliner said he remains “committed to working” with his colleagues on the issues. Here’s his full reply to a question about how he anticipates the council to work through the upcoming political season:

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May 17, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

County Council Approves Fossil Fuel Divestiture Resolution

The Montgomery County Council passed a resolution Tuesday urging the boards managing county employee pension plans to minimize investments in companies with the largest fossil fuel reserves. The vote was 8-1, with Councilmember Nancy Floreen the only nay vote. The resolution has no binding effect. Council President Roger Berliner sought the measure to encourage the […]

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April 26, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

‘Cut’ to Nonprofits Should Have Been An Increase

You remember the demonstration in the Council Office Building on Monday morning? Nonprofits expressed their objection to a 1 percent cut in funding for their programs, contained in County Executive Ike Leggett’s budget. Seven Montgomery County Council members said they would erase the cut and find more money for the nonprofits. The cut was actually […]

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March 28, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Nine Candidates So Far Have Signed Up for Public Election Financing

Nine candidates have so far filed paperwork to take advantage of a Montgomery County fund that will contribute to next year’s County Council and county executive races. The fund now stands at $10 million, thanks to a $2 million appropriation in County Executive Ike Leggett’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal. Ukiah Busch of Silver Spring and […]

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March 16, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

County Council Calls Leggett Budget ‘A Solid Template’ (VIDEO)

Montgomery County Council members Tuesday called County Executive Ike Leggett’s proposed budget a good start. They said they were sure the spending plan would go through changes as it passes through council committees before its adoption. “It’s a solid template that we will modify as we do, but it’s a good starting point for our […]

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February 28, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Leventhal Bill Would Require Healthy Options in Vending Machines on County Property (VIDEO)

Montgomery County already is the healthiest county in Maryland. Councilmember George Leventhal wants to make the county the healthiest in the nation, and he’s targeting the snacks and drinks sold in vending machines. He is the lead sponsor for a bill that would require half the items for sale in vending machines on county property […]

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